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Dark Lies the Island: Stories

Dark Lies the Island - Kevin Barry A really splendid collection (if a bit slight) of tales set in Ireland / featuring Irishmen. Each of them is unique and perfectly formed (although a few feel unnecessary/like retreads of well-worn material) and the writing practically sings. It's a drinking song, usually, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. These are stories about the darker side of life, even if the stories aren't always dark - but they're also beautiful and poised. It's a good collection and one that's gotten me interested in reading more of Mr. Barry's work.More about it at RB: http://wp.me/pGVzJ-Hi